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Federal Court Hears Oral Arguments against North Carolina’s Magistrate’s Law

Dr. Creech urges prayer for favorable religious liberty ruling
Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
May 12, 2017

RICHMOND – A three-judge panel of the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, heard oral arguments on Wednesday challenging SB 2 – Magistrates Recusal from Civil Ceremonies.

The measure, which was passed in June of 2015 by the North Carolina General Assembly, allows magistrates to opt-out of the performance of a same-sex civil ceremony, whenever such public servants hold a sincere religious objection.

Two same-sex couples and one interracial couple filed the lawsuit in December of 2015 against the state of North Carolina, claiming the law was unconstitutional. Read the rest of this entry »

Duke Divinity Prof. Allegedly Resigns After Refusing to Attend 2-Day Workshop on Racism

By Brandon Showalter
Christian Post
May 11, 2017

A Duke Divinity School professor was reportedly threatened by the dean with an array of punishments amid allegations that he refused to meet with her about professional conduct. This followed a contentious email thread in which he refused to attend an anti-racism workshop for faculty that he deemed ideologically left-wing.

In response to a mass email invitation for a two-day workshop titled “Racial Equity Institute Training Phase 1” for Duke Divinity School faculty on March 4–5 in which the stated goal was to combat racism and “begin its own commitment to become an anti-racist institution,” a spat among the academics ensued over the ideological tilt of the seminar. Read the rest of this entry

Major Campaign Launched for Allowing Alcohol Sales before Noon on Sundays, ‘Where is the Respect for Churches?’

Clergy and other church leaders urged to sign letter to lawmakers
By Staff
Christian Action League
May 6, 2017

The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, as well as other supporters, are now launching a major campaign for the passage of NC Senate Bill, SB 155-Economic and Job Growth for NC Distilleries or its companion bill in the House, HB 460. The measure, commonly referred to as “The Brunch Bill,” would provide cities and towns with the option of selling alcohol before noon on Sundays.

Supporters have set up a website and are using the hashtag #FreetheMimosa. A Mimosa is an alcoholic beverage, more specifically; a cocktail composed of champagne or a sparkling wine and chilled fruit juice.

Since the measure has been bottled up in committee for about a month, they’re urging people to sign an online petition urging lawmakers to pass it. As is typical of many alcohol proposals, proponents argue that rolling back the serving time of alcoholic beverages by two hours, from 12 noon to 10:00 am would increase tax revenue, benefit both local and state governments, and result in job creation. Read the rest of this entry »

President Trump’s Executive Order on Religious Freedom is a Step in the Right Direction

CAL Director takes issue with conservative critics
By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
May 5, 2017

An executive order in support of religious freedom issued by President Trump on Thursday drew criticism from both the left and the right. But the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, called on believers to greet the news with gratitude and patience.

“It troubles me when Christian leaders are critical of our President for not giving them everything they want – and everything they want right now!” Creech said. “Listen to me! When it comes to politics, hardly anyone ever gets everything they want. We have to be patient and positive about every move in the right direction.” Read the rest of this entry »

National Day of Prayer Observed

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
May 4, 2017

Thursday millions of people joined together, in huddles, in homes, and in various habitations to pray for our nation. It was the National Day of Prayer, set for the first Thursday in May of each year, and established in 1952 by President Harry Truman.

All true Americans in the spirit of good-will desire for our nation to be like a well-watered garden, a place of peace and prosperity. But in a day of peril, with enemies from within and without, this nation is more in danger of becoming a place of fallow ground.

Perhaps as never before, the National Day of Prayer ought to serve as a means of help and healing. Read the rest of this entry »

More Christians Discovering Biblical Beliefs Could Cost Them Their Jobs

By Kade Hawkins
prophecynewswatch.com
May 3, 2017

It should come as no surprise that Christians will encounter opposition to their Biblical beliefs in the workplace. What might surprise them is that expressing those beliefs both at work and at home (such as social media) could cost them their job.

A victim of a workplace firing who lost his case was Urologist Dr. Paul Church who was fired from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in 2015 and was also denied a chance to appeal his case. Church’s offense was warning of the health risks of homosexual behavior and questioning the judgment of a hospital promoting such unhealthy behavior.

Church was told by hospital superiors that his views about homosexuality were “discrimination” and “harassment” and that the Bible verses he used to define homosexuality were equally “offensive”.

In a similar manner, Chris Routson, who spent 13 years with Precision Strip metal processing in Middletown, Ohio was terminated without severance due to his lesbian co-workers complaining they were uncomfortable with how he indiscriminately shared his faith – both at work and at home via Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Reporter Mark Binker and a Prayer for His Friends, Colleagues, and Family

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
May 2, 2017

Like everyone, I was shocked to learn of veteran state political reporter Mark Binker’s sudden and unexpected death on Saturday. He was only 43 years old.

Though not intimately, I’ve known Mark his entire 12 years covering the legislative beat.

Mark was excellent in his craft and always moving forward. He started out at the NC Press room working for the Greensboro News and Record, then moved on to report for WRAL in Raleigh, and last he served as Editor for the N.C. Insider, a state government newsletter owned by the Raleigh N&O. Read the rest of this entry »

Stop the Enemies of Free Speech in North Carolina

By Mike Adams
Christian Action League
April 28, 2017

HB 527 has been dubbed as a bill to “Restore and Preserve Campus Free Speech,” and it is difficult to understand how anyone could possibly be opposed, regardless of his political persuasion. (For more details on HB 527, click here).

The need for HB 527 is clear given that only one UNC campus, UNC-Chapel Hill, has been rated by the non-partisan Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as a green-light school. Green light schools are those universities with no policies that violate the First Amendment. Every university in America should be a green light university. Regrettably, there are less than two-dozen in the entire nation.

An astounding 11 campuses in the UNC system have been designated by FIRE as yellow light schools. Schools ranked as yellow light have at least one policy that is sufficiently vague that it could be used to quash First Amendment protected speech. The remaining four UNC campuses were designated as red light, which means they have at least one policy that clearly and substantially impairs free speech. Read the rest of this entry »

Alcohol Legislation Undermines Voter Integrity

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 28, 2017

RALEIGH – When it comes to alcohol, North Carolina has been a “local option” state since 1937, meaning that no county or city in the state can allow the sale of alcohol unless first approved by local voters. But those voters’ rights, already undermined by laws regarding wineries, could soon be weakened further by House Bill 500: ABC Omnibus Legislation.

Approved by the House in a 95-25 vote on Wednesday and now headed to the Senate, the measure would allow breweries that produce agricultural products used in the manufacture of malt beverages to sell their products at the brewery, as long as they get the go-ahead from a local governing body that first holds a public hearing, regardless of the will of the voters.

The Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, spoke against this provision, Section 10 of the bill, in a speech to the House ABC Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Hunting Expanded, No-Hunting Zone around Churches Remains

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 28, 2017

Less than two years after lawmakers overturned North Carolina’s 145-year ban on Sunday hunting, proponents are now pushing to expand the time they can hunt on the Lord’s Day to include traditional worship hours.

“I always knew that the proponents of repealing the ban on Sunday hunting wouldn’t be satisfied. It surely didn’t take them long to push for more,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Currently, hunting with firearms on Sundays is limited to private property in counties with 700,000 people or fewer. Furthermore, the use of firearms to hunt on Sundays between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is prohibited except on hunting preserves. House Bill 559 would allow hunting of wild animals and upland game birds in all counties at any time but would leave in place a no-hunting zone around places of worship. Read the rest of this entry »